Nobody likes stretch marks. What purpose do they serve, anyway? To remind us that we once had gorgeous, smooth skin? What a cruel trick of nature.
Most people treat stretch marks with lotions and creams, unknowing that there are other types of treatments available. But as famous people like Cindy Crawford and Halle Berry know, the most effective way to reduce or get rid of them is through laser therapy. The reason the stars use this is because it actually works to make your skin look better.
Laser beams sound like science fiction, blasting your skin and making it smoother while reducing stretch mark coloring. There are a few different types of lasers that are used to help minimize stretch marks — the pulsed dye laser and fractional laser therapy are two of the most common (Kai uses the state-of-the-art Fraxel machine, which is a fractional type of laser.) Both types of laser therapy use wavelengths of light to stimulate new growth of collagen and elastin, meaning hello new skin, goodbye stretch marks.
The laser makes small “injuries” in the skin (don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt) where the stretch marks are leaving normal, untreated skin in between. The untreated skin creates a response in the body that helps heal the treated area quickly, replacing it with new, healthy skin. We’ve seen great results.
Please contact us if you’re interested in a free consultation; we’d love to tell you more about how laser therapy can treat a variety of skin conditions.
Ooh, this may be a delicate question for some of you. After all, it’s only been over the last decade or so that women’s hair removal has become the topic of dinner conversations. Since we have more and more men approaching us about ridding themselves of unwanted hair, this seems like a good subject for a Question of the Week.
Hair can be removed in a variety of ways, but here at Kai we use two popular methods: waxing and laser therapy.
To remove hair with wax, we apply warm wax to the spot of hair you want removed and then pull off the wax with a quick whisking motion.
Pros: inexpensive, quick, effective on all hair colors, little recovery, safe for most skin types
Cons: not permanent; requires regular maintenance for desired effect
Laser therapy involves first numbing the skin in the area of unwanted hair, and then shooting a laser beam at the hair follicles to render them useless. This procedure can take 6 -8 treatments to completely eliminate hair.
Pros: permanent, eliminates the need to shave or wax
Cons: multiple treatments over the course of 6-12 months, can be expensive, does not work on all hair colors, possible skin reactions
Many guys have hair that they want removed. Common problem spots are the back or chest, but did you know that many men are now getting parts or all of their face lasered? For men who have no interest in facial hair or just want to remove problem spots (neck or chin or cheek area), hair removal is rising in popularity. Many men have tough beards prone to skin irritation from daily shaving or a propensity to get ingrown hair, and laser hair removal can be a godsend. We would be happy to give you a free consultation and let you know what might work best for you.
Let’s face it (no pun intended), a chemical peel sounds SCARY.
But it’s actually a great way to rejuvenate the skin on your neck, face, or hands. What happens is that a chemical lotion is applied to your skin, which makes it “blister” and eventually peel, leaving behind smoother, fresh, clean skin.
These results-oriented treatments are the ultimate in skin rejuvenation. Peels promote cellular turnover, maximize skin’s elasticity, reduce the appearance of sun damage, hyper pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. These peels can be done on the face, neck, or hands; other results can be:
- Reduced fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth
- Improved appearance of mild scars
- Treatable for certain types of acne
- Reduced age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills
- Improved look and feel of skin
A series of treatments will give you long lasting results that are non-invasive.
We have a lot of different organic peels to choose from: vitalize, salicylic, rejuvenize, vi peel, glyocolic, pomegranate, and other seasonal or special items. Peels are popular because THEY WORK. And we have a lot of different “flavors” to choose from. We’d love to give you a free consultation on this treatment–we promise you’ll love the results.
Contact us today for your free, expert consultation.
Such a big word! But such a GREAT treatment for your skin.
We get asked about this all the time, so today I thought I’d take a minute and tell you more about a “microderm”.
You can basically turn back time with this breakthrough cosmetic skin resurfacing treatment. Gentle exfoliation helps with elasticity, texture, fine lines and wrinkles, the stimulations of collagen, and improves the overall health of your skin. It can also minimize the appearance of enlarged pores, sun damage and hyper pigmentation. Every treatment is followed by our healing and regenerative oxygen blast, leaving your skin radiant and rejuvenated.
It’s important that you have a consultation with an esthetician if you’ve never had a microderm. It’s not as effective in treating congenital skin defects, most moles, pigmented birthmarks, deep wrinkles, stretch marks, deep acne scars, or scars caused by burns. But it works on all skin colors and It makes subtle changes, causing no skin color change or scarring. It works best on things like age spots and dull skin.
The best part is that it doesn’t require any downtime or things like numbing cream. You can come in, get a treatment, and leave with fresh, soft skin! It’s a very simple process with immediate results.
More questions? Stop in, call, or drop us an email.
Many of you are asking, “How often should I use this…or how often should I do that?” So let me break it down. Here is a basic outline of what I would tell my clients. Please keep in mind this is a basic guideline and if you have a specific skin condition this may be more or less.
How often should you wash your face?
2 times a day is ideal. If you over wash you can strip your skin of natural oils. Always wash for a minimum of 45 seconds to make sure you are actually cleaning all the impurities off of your skin. It is also important to wash your face with warm (not hot) water. This will help open your pores for a deeper clean. Also, cleansing your skin more than twice a day can strip your skin of its natural oils and can actually cause your skin to produce MORE oil. Even if you are prone to breakouts or have super oily skin you should still only wash your face morning and night.
How often should you exfoliate?
2-3 times a week. If you over exfoliate you can actually cause small scratches on your skin which can result in hyperpigmentation (little brown spots). Try to stay away from scrubs that contain harsh exfoliants such as crushed walnuts, especially if you have sensitive skin. Try to choose a exfoliant that is an enzyme. Like Cosmedix pure enzymes http://www.cosmedix.com/products/pure-enzymes-exfoliating-mask
How often should you wear sunscreen?
Every day. Even if you do not plan on going outside you can still get sun damage through car and house windows. EVERY DAY!!! If you are outside for long periods of time, it is also important to re-apply!!
How often should you clean your makeup brushes?
At least once a month.
Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly will extend the shelf life of your makeup and help prevent the spread of bacteria, which can cause nasty side effects such as eye infections, acne and skin irritation. Learn how to proplerly clean your brushes here: http://makeupblog.janeiredale.com/blog/2012/02/01/how-to-clean-your-makeup-brushes/
Hope this is helpful!!
It can be overwhelming to choose a medical spa. So many choices and so little time!
Most of you get here on the advice of a friend. But we know others arrive from Internet searches, and this post is for you. We want you to help you not only evaluate our services, products, and facilities but also put perspective on your search. Here are a few quick ways to size up a spa to determine which is the best fit for you:
1. Is the website up to date, credible, and useful?
You’ve probably done an Internet search and come up with a long list. When visiting those sites, you’ll know quickly how much care is taken on the look and style. You can look at the list of services and make sure that it covers your interests, location, budget, or any other needs that you might have. If the website isn’t clear on issues such as these, you’ll have to do more research over the phone if you are still interested.
2. What is the style of the spa?
Aesthetics – Is the style corporate, homey, lavish, genteel, welcoming, luxurious, clean, etc.?
Staff – Is the staff qualified and licensed for all treatments and products? Are there in-house specialties in both treatments and products? What sort of training and backgrounds does the staff have? Is there a lot of staff turnover? Is there a medical doctor on staff?
Ownership – Is the owner hands on or hands off? Is it a chain of spas with a corporate attitude or is the owner local and heavily involved in daily operations?
Reputation – Does the spa have reviews online or testimonials or referrals that you can see? Often times, you can discern a reputation from aggregating sites such as Yelp or even Google reviews.
3. What are the offerings?
Rejuvenation – skin health and wellness, high-tech lasers, injectables such as Botox, hair removal, waxing, eyebrow shaping, etc.
Stress Management / Pampering / Healing – massage, tissue therapy, stretching, and others
Products – skincare, cosmetics, medical grade products such as Latisse (prescription-only eyelash enhancer)
Events – parties, seminars, luncheons, promotions
In the end, you’ll have to take inventory of your needs and balance them against location, facilities, staff, and even perhaps price. Here at Kai, we’ll always be happy to show you around our spa and make you comfortable before you commit to anything. We want to make sure that you have a great experience the moment you set foot into our door. Call us or stop in for a free consultation with absolutely no strings attached.
A great product we carry is called Nectifirm. It smooths out wrinkles on your neck, and it really works! You can purchase Nectifirm at Kai…come on in and we’ll tell you all about the benefits.
Pucker Up this Valentine’s Day…
For lips that speak volumes, try the ultimate lip gloss – shiny, soothing, protective, and, of course, super sexy!
This brush is awesome to use with every lip product, especially the lip stick and the lip plumper. You know how you can’t roll up the tube anymore, but you see that there is still more left in the barrel of them both? Well, you keep this Jane Iredale retractable brush with you in your purse and then you can use it to get the color from the stick and put it on your lips. Otherwise, you end up tossing out about 1/5 of the tube bc it doesn’t roll up. You can also just use the “sable lip” brush, if you don’t want the retractable one. Come by kai and check this out!
Why jane iredale minerals are approved and recommended post treatment:
- Broad Spectrum Protection: jane iredale mineral foundations are a chemical free, dry UVA/UVB sun protection.
- Anti-inflammatory, Conceal and Heal: calm and cover redness from facial, chemical peel, waxing or microdermabrasion.
- Weightless: no talc, fillers or pore colging ingredients.
- Pure: no allergic risk due to the purity of minerals.
- Inert: pure minerals will not harbor bacteria.
- Non-comedogenic and oil free
- 5 core products carry Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.
Skincare features and benefits:
PurePressed Base: best for normal to oily skin, semi-matte finish
- Zinc oxide is anti microbial
- Pomegranate extract: Protects and aids in minimizing UV damage
- Extracts of Sea Minerals – Soothe, Nourishes and Aids in hydration
Amazing Base: best for normal to dry skin, satin/dewy finish
- Pomegranate- Protects and aids in minimizing UV damage
- Extracts of Sea Minerals- Soothe, nourishes and aids in hydration
- COQ10- Helps to reverse the signs of aging and protects
- Hyaluronic Acid – attracts moisture, can hold up to 40 times it weight in water
- Extracts of Sea Minerals – Algae Extracts- Soothes, nourishes and aids in hydration
- White Leaf Extracts – Calms, soothes and protects
- D2O – Refreshing and hydrating
- Balance – Helps to balance out the PH of the skin with Green Tea extract and Tangerine extract
- POMMIST – Hydrates and protects. Pomegranate extract is great for the Environmentally Challenged skin – someone with alot of sun damage or someone with rosacea.